2017 Adult Sailing Instruction
First Sail Experience: Think you might enjoy sailing, but are not sure you can make the commitment to learn? You will experience the exhilaration of sailing and get a sample of what it takes to learn to sail in this 2 hour course. Your instructor will explain and demonstrate how to steer and how to trim the sails and then each participant will practice these skills while being coached in a 19-foot, sloop rigged, centerboard boat, the Flying Scot, see www.fyingscot.com for more information on the boat. Life jackets will be provided and must be worn. Participants will also have access to Basic Keelboat Online, a US Sailing Association online training course designed to prepare beginners for their first time on the water. More information can be found at www.FirstSail.org. Price is $75 per person. Participants may opt to continue sailing by entering the Beginning Course. Click to register.
Beginning Course: No experience needed. Some agility is needed for small boat sailing. We get instruction and sailing experience in the fundamentals of safety, rigging, launching, steering, sail handling, sailing upwind and downwind, tacking and jibbing and docking. Instruction may be tailored to meet needs of individual students. We will demonstrate our new skills by making a flotilla cruise to one of the creeks around the river. This course uses a 10 foot, cat rigged dinghy, the National 10. A boat is provided for each student. The National 10, affectionately called Turnabout, is very stable, reacts immediately to helm and has just one sail making it a good choice for beginners. The goal of this course is to provide the basics skills needed to sail the National 10 in moderate conditions. The course is 8 sessions of about 3 hours each, the price is $350, discounted to $250 for SSYC members.
Intermediate Course: The Beginning Course or equivalent experience is prerequisite for this course. The Intermediate course develops our sailing skills, including understanding of sail shape for various wind conditions, finer points of sail trim, crew weight and boat balance for optimal performance in various conditions, coordination of helm and sheet, recognizing wind shifts, gusts and lulls and reacting to these changes. Set, trim and douse of symmetrical spinnaker will also be covered. Instruction may be tailored to meet the needs of individual students. This course uses the Flying Scot. The course is 8 sessions of about 3 hours each, the price is $350, discounted to $250 for SSYC members.
Advanced Course: Intermediate Course or equivalent experience is prerequisite. This course Is focused on racing. Racing requires constant attention to boat balance, sail trim and recognition of and reaction to wind changes and it provides feedback on how well we are doing relative to other boats, making it a great way to optimize the fine points of sailing skill. Subjects covered include; Understanding and using the Notice of Race (NOR), Sailing Instructions (SI) and Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS). We practice racing tactics and techniques to maximize boat speed. Practice will be provided by participation in races in completion against expert racers in the SSYC Thursday evening Flying Scot races. Coaching will be directed toward the needs of individual students. Each session, each student will be coached in each crew position and each student will skipper at least one race. The course is 8 sessions of about 3 hours each, the price is $350, discounted to $250 for SSYC members.
Beginner & Intermediate Courses: Sessions for both Beginner and Intermediate courses are planned for Tuesday evening, and Sunday mornings:
- Tuesday evening sessions are 6:15 to dusk (about 9:15) for 8 weeks, June 6th to July 25th.
- Sunday morning sessions are 9:30 to 12:30 for 8 weeks, June 4th to July 23rd.
Advanced Course: sessions are on Thursday evenings 6:15 to dusk for 8 weeks, June 8th to July 27th.
Safety: Each sailor must wear a life jacket. Normally each session includes both classroom instruction and sailing practice but we will not sail in unsafe conditions; if lightening threatens or wind is too high. When bad weather precludes sailing we will advance classroom instruction. In case sailing is precluded several times and more sailing practice is needed, make-up sailing sessions will be scheduled.
Instructors: Our instructors have completed instructor training and have been tested and certified by the U.S. Sailing Association www.ussailing.org. They have years of experience in sailing and teaching sailing. Many of them are champions and all are enthusiastic. More than anything else, our outstanding instructors make the SSYC Adult Sailing enjoyable and exhilarating.